Graduation Party Recipes

Looking for graduation party food ideas? Find here appetizer recipes, finger food, cakes, desserts, as well as easy and delicious menu ideas for this big moment.

Staff Picks

Lemon Cake

Rating: 3.54 stars
This cheery lemon cake is perfect for festive occasions. Top it off with our Whipped Frosting that's the perfect light and fluffy complement to this moist cake.

Banana-Blueberry Smoothie

Rating: 3.68 stars
Whip up this three-ingredient healthy smoothie recipe with just three ingredients—nonfat plain yogurt, banana, and frozen blueberries. Feel free to substitute the blueberries with any other frozen fruit you like.

Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

Rating: 3.25 stars
Pull a fast one on the kids: In just 10 minutes, whip up the dough for these sweet, crunchy treats made with whole-wheat flour. Many recipes for baked goods can be tweaked to use equal parts whole-wheat and all-purpose flours, without losing flavor or texture.

Three-Cheese Pizza

Rating: 3.58 stars
Two kinds of mozzarella plus creamy fontina and a little fresh parsley top this cheesy grilled pizza. No grill? no problem. Cook this dough in a cast-iron skillet over high heat, or on a preheated sheet pan or pizza stone in a 500-degree oven.

Chewy Brownies

What's gooey on the inside, crackly on top, and supremely delicious all over?Our fresh take on this crowd-pleasing dessert. Unsweetened chocolate and brown sugar impart a rich, well-rounded flavor, while adding a bit of oil to the batter results in the addictively chewy texture that makes this version an instant classic.

Classic Roasted Salsa

Rating: 3.5 stars
Having salsa on hand is a must in summer. This homemade version is so easy, why even bother with store-bought? We love the deep, slightly smoky flavors in this version.

Simple Layer Cake with Vanilla Frosting

Rating: 3.28 stars
This easy all-purpose yellow cake takes just a bit longer to make than one from a packaged mix, but it's worth it.

Avocado-Banana Smoothie

Rating: 3.62 stars
Try sipping your avocado -- this tropical-tasting avocado smoothie makes a satisfying breakfast or snack.

French Fries

Rating: 3.25 stars
The secret of delectable fries lies in the frying process. The oil needs to be just the right temperature—too cool, the potatoes will absorb the oil; too hot, the outsides of the potatoes will burn.

German Apple Cake

Rating: 3.74 stars
This is a great cake to make if you have extra apples in the house. If you don't have any apples, you can substitute peaches or plums.From the book "Mad Hungry," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan Books).

Red Velvet Chocolate Cake

Rating: 3.56 stars
What could make traditional red velvet cake even better? Chocolate, of course!

Spring Lemon Cake

Garnished with fresh borage blossoms, this lemon cake makes a fitting finish to any spring celebration. This recipe was also featured on "Mad Hungry with Lucinda Scala Quinn."

Inspiration and Ideas

30 Celebratory Recipes Perfect for Your Next Graduation Party
Hats off to you, grad! From crowd-worthy sheet cakes to crowd-pleasing pasta salads, these recipes are perfect for a graduation party.

Baked Sweet-Potato Chips

Rating: 3.24 stars

A mandoline or a hand-held slicer will quickly turn out thin, even slices of sweet potato, although a sharp knife and a steady hand will also work fine.